Athena the Eurasian Eagle Owl, 5 months old, with her handler Chad Long of the Essex County Turtleback Zoo greets visitors at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens annual Gardens Aglow festival, Friday night, Oct. 20, with seven area hgh schools competing for the best Jack-O’-lanterns surrounded by the free events and refreshments.
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Hallloween -themed events draw a crowd as Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens light up at the annual Gardens Aglow festival, Friday night, Oct. 20. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL
Mad Science’s Dr. Gravity asks for volunteers as he starts his show. Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens light up at the annual Gardens Aglow festival, Friday night, Oct. 20,. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL
Alexandra Price of Fanwood gets a five after painting the face of Sienna Fuentes of Verona. Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens light up at the annual Gardens Aglow festival, Friday night, Oct. 20. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL
John Smith passes out free popcorn to the visitors at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens annual Gardens Aglow festival, Friday night, Oct. 20. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL
Frank Gesumaria, Special Events coordinator for Essx County Parks, sets the tea lights in the racks of jack-o’-lanterns before the opening of the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens annual Gardens Aglow festival, Friday night, Oct. 20. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL